His article provoked a huge response from readers around the world. 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In practice, both types depend to a large degree on tanker support for most operational missions. What is Typhoon’s configuration designed to excel at, and the same for Rafale? Engaging Top (and bottom) 10s including: Greatest fighter aircraft of World War II, Worst British aircraft, Worst Soviet aircraft and many more insanely specific ones. What is the best Rafale variant today and why?That’s tricky to say. Finland will be an interesting result to watch, but I’m not sure either aircraft could be considered a favourite. I guess it would take a lot of money to upgrade them to the latest version? With 707 aircraft ordered by six nations (Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), and in service with all nations, the aircraft is Europe’s largest military collaborative program. ( Log Out / If you’ve enjoyed an article please donate here. (Radar 0 will out-range both against airborne targets). In this role, the Typhoon is probably the standout with its superior BVR capabilities in a large scale, open ROE engagement, but up close in a flashpoint around a QRA interception Rafale might have the edge. Both are devastating revolver cannons with selectable rates of fire. In order to outmaneuver the opponent one must accelerate and turn faster. Brimstone’s smaller size also allows more weapons to be carried per aircraft, with three per hardpoint on adaptors. The French Air Force’s latest F3R aircraft with the RBE2 and Meteor are, on balance, likely to be the most capable Rafales around for much the same reasons as the RAF’s Tranche 3 Typhoons are. Expert analysis of weapons, tactics and technology. However, as a rule Rafale is probably slightly cheaper in real terms to acquire than Typhoon. The GIAT has the advantage in maximum possible firing rate (of 2500rpm vs 1700rpm) although in practice both would likely fire at comparable rates for both air-to-air or air-to-ground use to make best use of very limited ammunition (125 rounds for Rafale, 150 for Typhoon). According to all the Rafale pilots I have spoken to, the Rafale’s F3R standard HMI is superb from an operator’s point of view in multirole scenarios, especially in terms of displaying threat information. The biggest source of differences comes from the French requirement that the basic airframe design be suitable for CATOBAR carrier operations, which carries particular requirements in terms of relatively high-alpha, low speed handling especially with external stores still attached. Their job is to deter and if necessary provide overmatch against the latest hostile fighter types. Brimstone is more accurate with a much smaller ultra-low collateral warhead. Both fighters will pull 9G all day long in air combat configuration at most altitudes. However, to have a decent probability of kill against modern long range air defence radars, these missiles require accurate real time target location data. Geographically surrounded on four sides by the Eurofighter nations, the frivolous observer may liken the French Rafale to Asterix and his indomitable friends. I would say this has to be counted as the definitive Rafale v Typhoon comparison for the early 2020s. However, an RAF standard Tranche 3 Typhoon would likely come out ahead on BVR performance, interceptor missions (due to extreme rate of climb and performance), ESM, terminal countermeasures and low-collateral strike capabilities. In practice it would depend on pilot experience and skill to fly their aircraft at best corner speed and manage their energy and position to best effect. Air-to-groundRBE2 as a multifunction AESA radar gives far more air-to-ground functionality than CAPTOR-M. (Radar 0 is optimised for air-to-air and is unlikely to challenge RBE2 in this arena). How has Typhoon improved since your 2015 assessment?The multirole capabilities of the jet have matured drastically since 2015, especially as a result of the RAF’s Project Centurion programme which integrated Brimstone, full Paveway IV functionality and Storm Shadow, in addition to full Striker HMD exploitation and a number of other multirole enabling capabilities. Which aircraft has a superior infra-red search and track system and why? However, Rafale can also use the RECO-NG wide area/standoff TAC-R pod to provide a modern, fully digital equivalent to RAPTOR. CAPTOR-M (has the advantage) against larger targets such as bombers or MiG-31 ‘Foxhound’s due to a much larger aperture and generally higher altitude perch during air-to-air engagements. Cockpit layout/man-machine interfaceBoth aircraft have similar cockpit layouts in most respects, with three large main multifunction colour displays capable of significant customisation to suit individual pilot preferences in the latest versions. Both types have a similar ferry range with a ‘heavy’ three tank fit. The UK’s much more ambitious (and now funded) ECRS2 promises a massive leap in AESA capability with areas of advantage even over the latest US AESAs, but is so far only likely to be integrated onto the 40 Tranche 3s, with the fate of the 67 Tranche 2s less certain in that regard. This is because modern SAM systems such as the S-400 and HQ-9 are highly mobile and have such long range that a subsonic cruise missile launched from a safe distance would take tens of minutes to arrive.